Allison Pierce

Born: 1986 Birmingham, AL

Rock, Folk Vocals, Guitar, Piano

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

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The Pierces are a New York-based band. The principal members are sisters Catherine Pierce and Allison Pierce.

The Pierce sisters were born two years apart in Birmingham, Alabama. They travelled frequently and received home-schooling from their self-described hippie parents. Their father played the guitar in various bands, while their mother was a painter. Exposed to music and arts at an early age, the Pierce sisters grew up listening to Joni Mitchell and Simon & Garfunkel. As kids, they were encouraged to explore their creative side and would perform at parties, weddings and churches. Allison started dancing at age three, and both sisters are accomplished ballerinas.


It was while they attended Auburn University, that a friend sent a tape to a record company in Nashville. This eventually resulted in their debut album The Pierces (2000). It featured folk harmonies and adult alternative songs. In a 2004 interview, Allison Pierce commented that the album "sort of got lost in the shuffle".[1] Allmusic attributes the poor reception to "no label support".[2]

On August 10, 2005, their second album Light of the Moon was released through Universal. The album was produced by Brian Sperber and featured 11 tracks that the girls either wrote or co-wrote.[3]

On March 20, 2007, their third album Thirteen Tales of Love and Revenge was released in the U.S. Produced by Roger Greenawalt (Nils Lofgren, Radish, Ben Kweller), the album has been well-reviewed, particularly for the single "Boring", which parodies celebrity socialites. The new album has a darker, edgier style, at times using such diverse instruments as an accordion, a calliope, bassoons, a sitar, violins, an autoharp, and a Hawaiian lap steel. It marks a definitive change in the direction of the band, which hitherto has been known as a folk rock band.[4]

In an interview with Rolling Stone after they were featured as a Rolling Stone Breaking Artist, they revealed that this album "felt like [their] last chance". As a result, they "just went for it, had fun".[5]

On December 5, 2007, The Pierces appeared on the CW television series Gossip Girl, playing their songs "Secret" and "Three Wishes".

On August 21, 2008, "Secret" by The Pierces appeared in a promo for Showtime show Dexter.[6]

In May 2009, Dutch TV channel NET 5 uses "Secret" in a promo for their fantasy shows "Charmed" and "Ghost Whisperer".

On October 23, 2010 the group appeared on Later... with Jools Holland.

The duo appears in The All-American Rejects' latest album, When The World Comes Down, in the track, "Another Heart Calls". They performed the song live with The All-American Rejects in July 2009 at The List in Dallas, Texas

The duo's song, "Secret" appears as the theme song for the ABC Family's original TV series, based upon the series of books by Sara Shepard, Pretty Little Liars

They also performed live on ITV1 show Lorraine in March 2011 whilst promoting their new single.



Studio albums

The Pierces

Released October 24, 2000

Light of the Moon

Released January 25, 2005

Thirteen Tales of Love and Revenge

Released March 20, 2007

Love You More EP

Released October 25, 2010

You'll Be Mine EP

Released March 7, 2011

You & I

Released May 23, 2011



"The Way"

"A Way to Us"


"Sticks and Stones"


"Three Wishes"

"Turn On Billie"

"Love You More"

"We Are Stars"

"You'll Be Mine" (UK chart peak: 46 )



1^ "Who to know". Portico Birmingham. Archived from the original on 2007-07-01. Retrieved 2007-07-07.

2^ "The Pierces Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved 2007-08-24.

3^ "Pop Matters Short Takes". Pop Matters. Retrieved 2007-08-24.

4^ "The Pierces: Thirteen Tales of Love and Revenge - PopMatters Music Review". Pop Matters. Retrieved 2007-08-24.

5^ "VIDEO: Meet Rolling Stone’s New Breaking Artist, the Pierces". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2007-08-24.

6^ Promo

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